Two Signs the GOP’s Senate Prospects Are Better Than They Were 24 Hours Ago Two Signs the GOP’s Senate Prospects Are Better Than They Were 24 Hours Ago – NTK Network

Two Signs the GOP’s Senate Prospects Are Better Than They Were 24 Hours Ago

The GOP successfully recruited two major candidates into U.S. Senate races, boosting their chances of keeping or expanding their majority in 2018.

By NTK Staff | 02.16.2018 @11:00am
Two Signs the GOP’s Senate Prospects Are Better Than They Were 24 Hours Ago

Two developments in western U.S. Senate races on Friday will boost GOP chances of keeping and/or expanding their majority in 2018.

First, the GOP’s most-prized recruit for the U.S. Senate race in North Dakota reconsidered his prior opposition and jumped in the race.

Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) tweeted about a “major announcement” on Thursday evening, but left little doubt as to what that announcement is: he’ll run against Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) this fall.

Heitkamp is considered one of Senate Democrats’ most vulnerable incumbents, and Cramer is considered one of the Republicans most likely to defeat her. To that effect, race prognosticator Kyle Kondik announced on Thursday that the University of Virginia’s Crystal Ball was moving the North Dakota race from a “Leans D[emocrat] to Toss-up.”

Second, former presidential candidate Mitt Romney entered the race for U.S. Senate in Utah on Friday morning:

Almost no one would give Democrats a chance to take the seat being vacated by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), with or without Romney. But Romney’s entry into the race gives Republicans a strong addition to their 2018 team, and one who could lead by example when it comes to Republicans trying to navigate the Trump era in a tough midterm cycle.

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